NZ Gold Guitar Awards 2019 - What you need to know

NZ Gold Guitar Awards 2019 - What you need to know

NZ Gold Guitar Awards 2019 - What you need to know

Hokonui and NZME welcome competitors for the 46th MLT NZ Gold Guitar Awards this Queen's Birthday weekend.

A near record 736 contestants will be entertaining audiences of over 5000! Those competing will chase a bigger and better prize pack this year, featuring a customised Martin AAA15 guitar thanks to Music Planet, and overall valued near $20,000.


2018 Winners:
Senior Section - Arun O'Connor
Intermediate Section - Molly Goodeve
Junior Section - Gracie Young
40+ Section - Stephen Wilcox
60+ Section - Jenny Hantler

We are proud to deliver live coverage of the 2019 MLT NZ Gold Guitar Awards on iHeart Radio. It will stream via our Country Nation channel. Thanks to Regional Ford. 

Below is a list of events to follow. For more, download the handy Gore Event Guide. Tickets available now from iTicket, or purchase in person at the St James Theatre on Irk Street. 

Proudly supported by Hokonui. 


 

Gold Guitar Auditions: FRI, SAT and SUN. All sections from 8:15am daily. Across the Gore Town and Country Club Stadium, Gore RSA, and Albion Excelsior Rugby Club. Door sales only. Tickets cover all venues. 

 

WEDNESDAY 29 MAY

Jammin' at the Razza
Live music at the Gore and Districts RSA from 1pm until 3:30pm. Entry is free, just turn up. 

Gore Country Music Club Walkup Concert
7pm at the Longford Function Centre. Just roll up to perform, backing band is available. A tree planting ceremony with Gore Mayor Tracy Hicks and visiting Tamworth Queen of Country Music will be held during the interval. A courtesy coach to A+P showgrounds available for those staying in motorhomes. Door sales members $5, non-members $10. Supper is included. 

Regional Ford Country Radio Show
Join Tiny and Nathan Wednesday nights from 7pm-10pm as they dig out all their country favorites for a spin. You can even request a song by calling in on 0800 465 668. Listen live on 94.8FM across Southland, or online via the iHeart Radio app (search Hokonui Southland). 

 

THURSDAY 30 MAY

NZ Country Music Awards
7:15 doors open for drinks and nibbles, 8pm start at the St James Theatre. Featuring finalists and live performances from the Recorded Music NZ Best Country Music Album, APRA NZ Best Country Music Song, and the MLT Songwriting Awards. Special guests 2018 Southland Entertainer of the Year Lachie Hayes and Luke O'Shea. After-Party at the Thomas Green. Tickets from www.iticket.co.nz, or from the venue. Listen with Luke Howden Breakfast for your chance to win tickets.

Jammin' at the Razza
Live music at the Gore and Districts RSA from 1pm until 3:30pm. Entry is free, just turn up. 

Freeze Ya Bits Off Busking
School competition auditions kick off proceedings between 12pm-1pm across Gore CBD. Fierce competition between local and Invercargill schools. The top 2 progress to the finals. Find them on Facebook. Registration for the schools via Malory Hood at St Mary's School Gore. Details and contacts here



FRIDAY 31 MAY

MLT Songwriting Seminar/Workshop
A seminar open to novice and experienced songwriters. Looks at the craft of songwriting, hosted by experienced tutors. This year guests Luke O'Shea, and Anthony Healey from APRA. 9am-2:30pm at Heartland Hotel Croydon. $30 payable on the day. Includes tea/coffee. 

MLT Songwriters in the Round
Following on from the above, live performances from selected artists. From 6pm at the Eastern Southland Art Gallery. Admission free


Freeze Ya Bits Off Busking
Auditions: FRI and SAT across Gore's CBD, 11am-2pm. Registration again this year online at www.gorenz.com. Great cash prizes up for grabs, $1000 for winners of the plugged and unplugged sections! Find them on Facebook

Gold Guitars Auditions
Across Gore Town and Country Club, Gore RSA and Albion Excelsior Rugby Club from 8:15am. Tickets (for all venues) door sales only. 

Tea at Three with Jenny Mitchell
An hour of stories, songs and cups of tea with 2017 NZ Gold Guitar winner Jenny Mitchell and special guests. From 3pm at Stable Kitchen, Main Street. Entry $10. Please note: seating at this venue is very limited.

MLT Music Roundup
1 night, 5 MLT venues, 15+ artists. All free entry!

  • "Guitar Magic with Joseph Balfie" at Howl at the Moon from 5:30pm-7:30pm. Free entry. Full menu from 5pm, no bookings. 
  • "Ladies Live featuring Jody Direen, Mikaela Dewar and The Cruickshanks" at Heartland Hotel Croydon, 6pm-8pm. Free entry. Buffet style meals from 5pm. 
  • "Before the Ride with Aly Cook and Kelvin Cummings, then Southern Hayride ft Reg McTaggert, Margaret Bates, Les Thomas, Max McCauley, Brian Kennard and Nick Bourke" at Longford Tavern, 6:15pm until late. Cash bar. 
  • "Big Band Night with Arun O'Connor and Molly G" at Traffers Bar, 8pm-11pm. Free entry. 
  • "Falls Night with Luke O'Shea, Jenny Mitchell and Phil Doublet" at Mataura Falls Hotel, 8pm-11pm. Bistro meals available. 

 

SATURDAY 1 JUNE

McDonough Gore Truck Show and Parade
A parade of big trucks to delight kids big and little. Judging at the Transport Repairs Yard on Falconer Street from 8am, registration on the day (just $10). Parade itself kicks off 2pm down Main Street for a public display at Traffers Tavern Carpark to follow. Prize giving in the Tavern at 4pm. For more information give Rhonda Wilson a call on 208 4433. 

Freeze Ya Bits Off Busking Finals and Street Party
Once again Medway Street between The Thomas Green and Howl at the Moon will play host to these finals. From 2:30pm come along for great music on the live stage, all weather marquee, outdoor seating and heaters, BBQ, oysters, mulled wine, licenced area, the Hokonui Community Market and more. The best part, entry is FREE!

Gold Guitars Auditions
Across Gore Town and Country Club, Gore RSA, and Albion Excelsior Rugby Club from 8:15am. Tickets (for all venues) door sales only. 

MLT NZ Gold Guitars Intermediate and Junior Finals
At the Gore Town and Country Club Stadium, from 6:30pm. Backing Band - The Southerners. Book via iTicket or the St James Gore. Tune in for live coverage on Country Nation, thanks to Regional Ford. Streaming via iHeart Radio app or online here

 

SUNDAY 2 JUNE

Gold Guitars Senior Auditions
Just in the Gore Town and Country Club from 9am-12noon. Tickets door sales only. Tickets also cover the 40+ and 60+ finals, and the MLT showcase.  

Country Music Church Service
Everyone is welcome to the country-music themed service at St Andrews Presbyterian Church, Ardwick Street. Dress in theme for the occasion. Musicians from 9:45am, service from 10am-11am. Invited musicians will perform, including Murray and Sue Bruce, Murray and Marlene Kirk, and Marie Hasselmore. The service is followed by morning tea. 

MLT NZ Gold Guitars 40+ and 60+ Finals
From 1pm in the Gore Town and Country Club Stadium. Senior audition ticket covers admission. Backing band The Southerners. 


MLT Showcase
From 3pm (aprox) at the Gore Town and Country Club Stadium. Senior audition ticket covers admission. Follows the finals above. Featuring Hands of Fame Induction of Ginny Peters. To date there have been 154 covers of her songs by artists in five countries. 
 

MLT NZ Gold Guitars Senior Finals (the big one)
In the Gore Town and Country Club Stadium, 7:30pm. Backing band - Tightazz. 2018 winner Arun O'Connor to feature. The overall winner receives the coveted Gold Guitar award, and a significant prize pack. Tune in for live coverage on Country Nation, thanks to Regional Ford. Streaming via iHeart Radio app or online here


Book your tickets to the above at www.iticket.co.nz, or purchase in person at the St James Theatre on Irk Street. 

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